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Twin trouble as AAP faces internal rebellion, Congress rethinks support

Dec 25, 2013 07:52 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Just a day before Arvind Kejriwal is to be sworn in as Delhi's Chief Minister, trouble seems to be growing for the Aam Aadmi Party. While the Congress is rethinking its support to AAP, there is also internal conflict within AAP with MLA Vinod Kumar Binny upset at not getting a berth in Kejriwal's Cabinet.

On Tuesday, while preparations began for Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony to be held at Ramlila Maidan on December 26, many events during the day changed the political scene in Delhi.

The Congress is continuing to keep the Aam Aadmi Party on tenterhooks. Sources say that the Congress is rethinking giving support to AAP. This move may have been prompted after the Aam Aadmi Party maintained that it will probe corruption cases against Congress leaders, including former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The political uncertainty over Delhi deepened as Congress on Tuesday said that the party is divided over the outside support given to the AAP and some of its leaders feel that it would have been better if the party had sat in the Opposition. "The mandate was not for Congress, may be we should sit in the Opposition," party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said.

"There is an opinion in the Congress that perhaps the decision to support AAP for government formation is not correct. Perhaps we should have played the role of opposition and raised people's issues," Dwivedi added.

Congress workers had on Monday protested at the party office in Delhi over its decision to give support to the AAP. The protesters raised slogans 'Anna ke sath dhokha, hum nahi denge Kejriwal ko mauka (Anna betrayed, we won't give a chance to Kejriwal) while demanding the immediate withdrawal of Congress support to AAP.

This even as the Congress had earlier offered unconditional support to the AAP in forming Delhi's next government.

Not just this, another trouble brewing for the Aam Aadmi Party is an internal split. MLA Vinod Kumar Binny threatened to revolt against the party after he was denied a Cabinet berth. AAP Leader Yogendra Yadav is still trying to win him over.

Once a Congress leader, Binny joined AAP after participating in the Jan Lokpal movement. Binny is now a part of the 9-member Political Affairs Committee of the Aam Aadmi Party.

The party, however, denied reports of any infighting. "Has Binny ever stated that he wants to be a minister? He has never expressed such a wish," said AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.

Binny, too, kept everyone guessing saying a clear picture will emerge after he addresses a Press Conference on Wednesday. "Let the ministers take the oath first. Let the party decide on roles for the members. I don't know from where these rumours have started. I wish to put an end to them," he said.